Manchester City have serious concerns about the possible state of the Wembley pitch after reluctantly agreeing to play Tottenham only 24 hours after the national stadium hosts an NFL game.
Delays to the new Tottenham stadium and the need for the club to extend their stay at Wembley led to a fixture clash with the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles that takes place in London on Sunday October 28.
And, as Sportsmail revealed last month, the only solution was to delay the game until the Monday even if it does mean Pep Guardiola’s side may have to play three games in six days with a possible League Cup clash as well as a meeting with Southampton in the Premier League on the Saturday.
But of the greatest concern to City, Sportsmail understands, is the possible state of the playing surface after the NFL game, even though the Wembley ground staff will work around the clock to make sure it is ready.
City will also hold talks with Tottenham over the cost implications of the switch having decided to offer free coach travel to any fan heading for Wembley.
City’s allocation is expected to be around 3,000, with tickets having not yet gone on sale.
‘Despite the possibility that our new stadium could be ready to host this match, this would not be known until much closer to the date of the game,’ Spurs said in a statement.